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Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

    One of the best books I've read in recent years

    This very well written and researched book works on several levels at once.

    As a history, this is a story of one city's growth and of its many inhabitants, from ancient times to the present. The history of Europe, and the development of American culture and values, is traced directly to the history of Jerusalem.

    Sociologically, the book explains how each group of city inhabitants, and successive sets of conquerors, put their stamp on not only the city, but the greater world.

    The book also tracks the growth of Jewish, Catholic and Muslim religions as they emanate out from their core founding in Jerusalem, and then interacted with each other so as to reflect back, rarely in a positive manner, on the founding city.

    Most profoundly, Jerusalem Jerusalem shows how today's Middle East came to be shaped through well-meaning but short-sighted policies. Over two millenia, multiple complex issues were created, which our current and future generations must address and resolve. Carroll tells is that there is no easy fix, nor even a willingness to resolve centuries of misunderstanding, mistrust and mistakes.

    The book, if read with an open mind rather than with narrow vision, is compelling. It provides plausible answers to many questions that not enough of us care to ask about the role and history of religion in world affairs, politics and interpersonal relations. Jerusalem Jerusalem is one of the best books I've read in recent years.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    Mistitled Mess

    I bought this hoping to read about the history of Jerusalem and the 3 religions that claim it as the spirtual center of the faiths. One would think from the title and subhead that the author would indeed deliver on this promise. Not so.

    Instead we get this sprawling mess of a recitation of the author's point of view on Judaism, Catholicism and Islam. It might not be so bad if he wasn't just rambling on about trying to prove his personal pov on what the bible is REALLY trying to tell us.

    Although the author claims to be a Catholic (as a former priest) he sure doesn't seem to belive any of its dogmas. Mostly he seems to want to talk about how violent all the religions are and continue to be.

    Plowing through his meandering text just got more and more difficult to do. Before you buy read the NYT book review for a much better summary of the crap put forth by this book.

    Thanks B&N for such a LOUSY sample. Could have saved myself the expense of buying this drivel.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    recommended

    This book is a little textbooky in breadth and depth of subject. However it is well worth reading. It is so full of well documented information and gives the reader a great background to understand our western culture. James Carroll clarifies the religious and the political movements that shape the reality that we are living with.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    This is a best light to see what is happening in all Middle East

    James Carroll had done a superb job in bringing the events of this book up to date. As well it should. He wrote this book in a way that not only make the reading interesting but also as gripping as a Tom Clancy novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Thought provoking

    A most interesting concept to explain the hatred, bigotry and violence in today's world

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Mini-Course on Middle East Crisis

    If you are a thoughtful person who cares about world history, this is a fine choice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2011

    Ruminations of the author's own imagination and unsubstantiated. A few qotes to make it sound scolarly, but does not even follow known facts. Misrepresents scripture, unreliable.

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